Filmmaker set for cross-cultural comedy.

‘Fast Five’ director Justin Lin has acquired the feature film rights to the David Henry Hwang play ‘Chinglish,’ and plans to direct and produce the adaptation.

A romantic comedy, the play tells the story of a businessman from Ohio who goes to China to expand his business but struggles to be understood and falls in love with a Chinese woman.

Hwang, a Tony Award winning playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, will pen the adaptation for Lin, along with serving as co-producer.

“I’ve loved Justin’s work ever since he burst on the scene with ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ and it feels very right to be collaborating with him on the movieverision of my play,” said Hwang.